Germany

Rates of serious diseases jump 50 per cent in Berlin

The number of cases of severe diseases in Germany’s capital jumped from 13,418 in 2010 to 20,165 in 2016 the State Office for Health and Social Affairs confirmed to Deutsche Welle on Friday, reports Alistair Walsh. Health department figures published by regional daily “Berliner Morgenpost” and confirmed by the department, showed cases of diseases which doctors are legally obliged to report …

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“Much has been done to see that foreigners are integrated,” Diana Mouzales-Napp on how she was supported to become self-employed in Germany

My father is Greek and my mother is Ghanaian. I came to Germany in the late 1990s to learn the German language and be a bilingual secretary. And Cupid’s arrow pierced my heart. The Germans are a down-to-earth people and I was fascinated by their difficult language. It was not an easy road considering the language barrier when I first …

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“My general advice to Africans is to aim higher than doing odd jobs,” says Ibironke Ola-Oni (42) on being successful in Germany

I am the daughter of the well-known Nigerian human rights activist Comrade Oladipo Ola-Oni. My family originated from Ibadan, Nigeria, and I have been living in Germany since 1992. In Nigeria I was motivated by the way my best friend spoke the German language. It fascinated me. I developed so much affection for it that my dad applied for me …

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German parliament legalises marijuana for medical use

The German parliament has voted to allow the use of the drug for medical purposes. The issue had been a point of heated discussion in the country for a long time. Members of Germany’s parliament Bundestag voted unanimously on Thursday 19 January to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Seriously ill patients will qualify for medical marijuana if they have …

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Merkel to face German voters on 24 September; federalgovernment sets election date

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Wednesday [18 January] set 24 September as the date for a general election in which she will seek a fourth term, facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx. The date, adopted by Merkel’s right-left coalition cabinet, must still be formally approved by President Joachim Gauck. But the decision fires the starting gun for an …

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‘People’s traitor’ named Germany’s worst word of 2016

A panel of German language experts has chosen “Volksverraeter” (traitor to the people) as the worst word of 2016, saying the term often used by right-wing activists to insult mainstream politicians had Nazi connotations. The six-member jury described the word as a “relic of dictatorships, including that of the Nazis”. “Used as a reproach against politicians, the word is both …

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“Life in Germany has instilled in me the precious virtue of punctuality,” says Lilly Meme, Medical doctor

I am a 31-year-old Kenyan. I left my home country more than twelve years ago, six months after I completed my secondary education. My initial reason for coming to Germany was my interest in the German language. Since I had already learnt it for four years in my secondary school, I wanted to further my skills before I embarked on …

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Sharp drop in migrant arrivals in Germany

The number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany last year has dropped by two-thirds to about 280,000. Berlin said the decrease signals that measures to reduce migration are working. Some 280,000 migrants arrived in Germany last year, a stark reversal in numbers after the country received nearly 890,000 refugees during the 2015 migration crisis, according to year-end government figures released …

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“I quickly learnt that you need the German language and education to achieve your goal,” says Lanre Mabinuori (49) as he talks about successfully living in Germany

Originally from Nigeria, I am now German and have lived in Germany since 1989. I’m happily married to a German woman and we have four children. I quickly learnt that you need the German language and education in this country to achieve your goal. For this reason, I first learnt the language and obtained technical education training. I’m a mechatronics …

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The stories behind the places bearing African names in Germany

Did you know that ‘Africa’ is a tiny hamlet in Brandenburg? Or that there are 11 ‘Cameroons’  in Germany? Places bearing African names in Germany have a varied history, writes Gwendolin Hilse. Africa is a continent? Of course. In German, it’s spelt “Afrika” and that is also the name of a hamlet in the Uckermark district of the state of Brandenburg in eastern …

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Official Public Holidays in Germany in 2017

Here is a list of public holidays in Germany in 2017, plus regional holidays, daylight savings, school holidays, Mother’s and Father’s Days and other important dates in the German calendar. There are nine official German public holidays that are celebrated nationally each year, plus regional holidays that are only celebrated in certain Federal States. This means that some states have …

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Interview: The story of Dr Adebisi Laja’s life in Europe since arriving in June 1954 in the words of the Germany-based Nigerian-born medical doctor

Adebisi Laja, born in 1932, first arrived in Europe in June 1954, when he disembarked a ship that took him from his native Lagos to Liverpool. In October 1958, he moved to Germany to study medicine. The old, but still very energetic man, talks about life in Europe and Germany then and now; he reveals how he deals with the …

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Merkel faces criticisms over Berlin Christmas market attack

German chancellor Angela Merkel has called Monday’s crash at a busy Berlin Christmas market a “terrorist attack”, but she faces criticism from political rivals who are blaming her welcoming refugee policy for the incident. In her first comments after the attack, in which 12 people died and dozens were wounded, Merkel said she was “shocked, shaken and deeply saddened”. But …

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My Life in Germany, our new online Series

The recorded presence of Africans in the territory of today’s Germany can be traced back to the 13th century, when it was fashionable for royal as well as other wealthy households to keep Africans as court servants.  Later waves of Africans from Germany’s colonies – Togo, Cameroon, Southwest Africa (now Namibia) and Tanzania – came between the late 1890s and …

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